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The International Hotel Investment Forum Opens Nominations
for the "The IHIF Awards"

New Awards Comprising Investor and Advisor Award Categories

New York, NY—25 July 2011 —The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) organisers, in partnership with Hotel Analyst and Hotel Management magazines, are pleased to announce “The IHIF Awards”, the ceremony for which will take place in London this November.  Nominations have opened up for these brand-new awards comprised of Investor and Advisor award categories to celebrate the achievers in the hotel investment community in Europe. The awards will offer an opportunity for the industry to recognise the best in class for each category.

“One unique feature of the awards is that senior figures involved in the European hotel industry will have an opportunity to vote for the winners,” said Andrew Sangster, Editor, Hotel Analyst. “Each of the 10 category winners will thus have been judged by their peers which lends solid credibility to the award winners and the awards in general."

Each nomination will be judged for what was achieved between 1st July 2010 and 30th June 2011. To qualify for the shortlist, the judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional achievement by the nominee and a demonstration that the nominee has made a contribution to the industry outside the norm. The two judging panels will meet in early September and the shortlists will be announced in the latter half of September when voting will open for two weeks. Individuals who belong to firms qualifying as investors will be able to vote for the five Adviser categories and advisers will be able to vote for the five Investor categories. Investors are deemed to be businesses that deploy equity capital in the hotel business. Hotel operating companies are also classed as investors but debt financiers, if their primary business is not focused on supplying equity capital, are classified as advisers.

“We’re thrilled to add these prestigious awards as a new component of IHIF 2012 and recognise the outstanding leaders we have in the industry,” stated Tess Pearson, Event Director, International Hotel Investment Forum. “As the world’s largest gathering for the global hotel investment community, the awards are a natural extension of our conference.  Along with our partners at Hotel Analyst and Hotel Management, we look forward to recognising the deserving figures in our industry at the awards ceremony in London during our IHIF Sponsors Dinner.”

Award Categories include:

Single asset acquisition of the year
Portfolio acquisition of the year
Single asset disposal of the year
Portfolio disposal of the year
Investor of the year
Legal adviser (firm) of the year
Property adviser (firm) of the year
Management consultant (firm) of the year
Debt financier (bank) of the year
Designer / architect / constructor (firm) of the year

Start your nomination now at!
Note: Nominations will not be accepted past 2 September.

For information about sponsorship of the IHIF awards please contact

About the organisers of the IHIF Awards

Questex Media Group LLC
Questex Media Group LLC is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. Questex serves multiple industries including technology, telecommunications, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, home entertainment, landscape design, building services and natural resources through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information and integrated marketing services. The company's media properties include over 100 print and digital media publications, 45 conferences, tradeshows and events, as well as a range of research, data and information products. The company's combined operations include more than 400 employees in offices throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

Bench Events
Bench Events has a long track record of delivering, with its partners, the premier hotel investment events in Europe and the Middle East. Bench Events’ Chairman, Jonathan Worsley, is one of the organisers and founders of the highly successful International Hotel Investment Forum now in its fifteenth year ( In 2005, he was responsible for launching the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai ( and in 2008 launched the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference (  In 2011 Bench Events added two events to the portfolio, co-hosting the Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference  ( and launching Hotel Investment Conference Africa, in Morocco (

Hotel Management

As the leader in the hospitality industry since 1875 and #1 trusted source of information, Hotel Management delivers targeted technology and development news along with trends and statistics for a true hospitality professional in print, online and in person at live events.

Hotel Analyst

Hotel Analyst is the news analysis service for those involved with financing hotel property or hotel operating companies. It is designed to understand, as well as report the news. A subscription to Hotel Analyst comprises three things: a newsletter published six times a year (Hotel Analyst newsletter, a weekly web-based online service (HA Perspective Online), and a weekday service HA Daily. All are supplied within the one subscription price. The service was launched eight years ago and is now globally recognised as the intelligence source for the hotel investment community.

Christina Belenky
Group Marketing Director
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Andrew Sangster
Editor, Hotel Analyst
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